Tammy at Forever in First is hosting a Linky party to share our classroom mantras. I absolutely love what I've ready so far! I'm borrowing/stealing some of the sayings for next year!
One that I CONSTANTLY use....
This one comes from Dr. Becky Bailey's Conscious Discipline. Even 4th Graders need to stop and think about this quite often. It helps them to differentiate between tattling and reporting an emergency. We have a "Tattling Turtle" and "Cool-Down Spot" for any comments that don't need to be taken care of right that second.
This is another one from Dr. Bailey. You can fill in the blank with "take you to specials" or "continue with the lesson," etc. It reminds the student that they have the power of self-control and they should use it at that moment.
This one is for when the class is a bit too loud or I just need to bring their attention back to me. I say it quietly and compliment those that follow my directions immediately. I remind them that if their finger is on their lips and the other hand is a peace sign, they can't be talking. It usually doesn't take long for the entire class to be sitting silently with peace signs proudly showing!
This one lightens the situation when a student is just kind of pouting or maybe being a bit too dramatic. The first saying is from "The Pout-Pout Fish" book by Deborah Diesen and the second is from "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" by Dr. Seuss. Kids usually will crack a smile when I say either one.
Do you have any mantras you use? I'd love to hear them because I'd love to "borrow" them! Head on over to Forever in First to link up and share!